With one night of racing left in the 2013 points championship title chase at Lernerville Speedway, two division titles are up for grabs.
The closest battle is in the DIRTcar Sportsman class where Corey McPherson leads AJ Flick by only five points.
McPherson is the defending champion and has six feature wins along with nine heat race victories to Flick's two feature wins and triumphs in eight heat races.
Both drivers have shown the ability to dominate, but McPherson has experienced a title, something that just might get him his second championship at Lernerville Speedway.
In the sprint car division, another championship battle is shaping up, with Brandon Spithaler holding a slim six-point lead over Brandon Matus, a 17-point margin on Carl Bowser and a 26-point lead over Eric Williams.
Spithaler hasn't had luck on his side in the past several weeks and the young veteran knows the pressure is on.
"I am more upset with myself," Spithaler said after an untimely spinout on the track.
For Matus, the Wampum native believes he's in the right position to earn his first Lernerville title.
"Whether it's in one race or in a championship race I think it's better to be in second because the guy in first is more likely to make a mistake, the pressure is on him," Matus said.
Two guys without any pressure are Mat Williamson, who clinched his first title in the DIRTcar Modifieds and Alex Ferree, a three-time Lernerville track champ in the DIRTcar Late Models.
Racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sarver oval for the final points race of the season, which will determine the 2013 track champions.
RUSH on at PPMS
The RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will take place at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway near Imperial at 7 p.m. Saturday for an event with plenty of competition expected on Manufactures Night, with $30,000 worth of product and contingencies being given away to competitors. The event's winner will collect $1,500.
Colton Flinner picked up his third RUSH Pro Late Model event at PPMS for 2013, defeating Kyle Lukon, Tommy Schirnhofer, Ron Hall and Mike Pegher Jr.
NHRA U.S. Nationals
The biggest drag race of the season happens this week at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis when the NHRA Mellow Yello Drag Racing Series hosts the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Local racers are willing to travel for the event and this year is no exception.
Jim Buburka, from Coraopolis, is a two-time NHRA World Champion and winner of the 1980 U.S. Nationals
Among the other entrants are Wes Leopold Jr. of Bethel Park; Michael Volkman, from Moon; and the most recent winner in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Mia Tedesco of Murrysville.
Tedesco won in Competition Eliminator and was the runner-up in Super Gas last weekend in Bowling Green, Ky.
Motordrome Speedway is in action at 8 p.m. today, with five divisions taking place. The Super Cup Stock Car Series on Championship Night also is taking place, which includes half-price admission and fireworks.
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